Monthly Archives: May 2014

“A Tangled Web” – Currently Unavailable

“A Tangled Web” is currently unavailable as from today’s date.

The book is being re-edited for submission to a third-party publisher who has agreed to take a “look at it”.

Fingers crossed they accept it. It would make my mum, as it’s her book, the happiest woman in the world… which would be nice!!

More updates to follow as I know them myself.

As the old saying goes: “Watch this space”.

RLB – Tomewriter


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Who says I can’t cook?

So it was decided it was my turn to cook dinner last Sunday evening No problem I said. Raiding the pantry I found a packet of Continental Cook in the bag Fish – Teriyaki and a packet of Continental Rice – Oriental flavour. Fortunately there were two pieces of fish thawing in the fridge. There were some carrots, Bok Choy, honey, and soy sauce. Armed with the ingredients I set off to work.

 Teriyaki Dinner 1

 The instructions on both packets were easy to follow. First I switched on the oven to 180*C to warm it up, whilst began to prepare the meal. I peeled and sliced the carrots, then washed and chopped the Bok Choy:

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Next I rinsed the fish and dabbed it dry with paper towelling, and mixed the base sauce with the honey, water and soy sauce.

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The next step was simple enough, even for a guy to understand….. Place the bag onto a baking dish (which I had first sprayed with oil to stop it from sticking), and then placed the vegetables in the bag, laying the fish on them before pouring the sauce mix on the food:

 Teriyaki Dinner 7

Using the small blue tie I sealed the bag, making sure I cut 4 smallish holes in the bag to allow the steam to escape. Then I placed the baking dish into the oven and set the timer for 20 minutes:

OK. That was easy enough. As it wasn’t going to take 20 minutes to cook the rice, I watched a bit of TV for a while. Hey! Even the cook needs a break!!

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Time to cook the rice. Out comes the microwave proof dish. Empty the contents of the packet of Continental Rice – Oriental flavour into it and add two tablespoons of Flora Pro-Activ margarine. Pour about half a cup of hot water onto it and stir with a fork making sure all the ingredients are evenly mixed.

Once that is done, place the lid on securely and put it in the microwave oven for 4 minutes. When the time is up, take it out and remove the lid carefully as steam might escape and burn you. If the water has fully evaporated, top it up with about a quarter of a cup of hot water; stir again with the fork, reseal the lid and return it to the microwave for a further 3.20 minutes. By the time the rice is cooked, the fish is just about done. So I removed the dish from the oven, open the bag and try the fish – it is perfect.

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With the food all cooked there was only one thing left to do – dish up and sit down for dinner – all in under 40 minutes. Pretty Good – and so was the meal.

RLB – Tomewriter

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Moving On To The Next Book…

With The Sword and the Rose all done and dusted and happily selling… yes a few copies have been sold already. I received my first statement from the publishers last weekend to show the total sales for April. Considering the book hit the distributors on the 29th April the tally for two days’ sales were okay – not brilliant; but it’s early days.

Now it is time to be moving on to the next book…

Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms has gone through all the editing stages and I’m just waiting for the final copy for sign off.

No rush to receive it though as I have been given the scheduled release date: 26th June 2014.

However I expect it should arrive soon so that the Publisher can have the book available for anyone who wants to pre-order.

Then once this is out for sale I should be able to resume with the other three projects which I had placed on hold.

Looking forward to picking them up again as I have been a bit slack lately ignoring them whilst spending too much time on Facebook.

RLB – Tomewriter



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Even in Spain….

Awesome! It seems The Sword and the Rose is also recommended reading in Spain – considering the story line it’s very apt:

Happy Days!!

RLB – Tomewriter

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The Sword and the Rose is released!


The Sword and the Rose is released and is now available at:

Hoping you enjoy the read…

RLB – Tomewriter

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